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BOX OFFICE REPORT: TAKEN 2 Beats Up The Box Office!

Liam Neeson is back in TAKEN 2 and it beat up the competition.

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The man with the particular set of skills is back and it’s no shocker he has already beaten the crud out of the competition!

In it’s opening weekend alone, TAKEN 2 has brought in a cool $50 million dollars, double what the original TAKEN made back in 2009. The film also broke the record for the best October opening for a PG-13 movie, and is the 3rd for best take of any October movie behind JACKASS 3D ($50.4 million) and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 ($52.6 million)!

TAKEN 2 took home another $55 million over-seas giving it $105 million on a $45 million budget.

As for the other big piece of competition this weekend, Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE took home a lousy $11.5 million coming in 5th place. Based on Burton’s short film from 1984, FRANKENWEENIE cost just under $40 million to make, and despite it’s low earnings, has already earned plenty of Oscar buzz as an animated feature film.

The rest of the top five were filled with older releases:  Adam Sandler’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA nabbed second place with $27.1 million, Anna Kendrick’s gleeful PITCH PERFECT went nationwide this week and came in 3rd with an impressive $14.8 million and the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Bruce Willis action/Sci-Fi thriller, LOOPER came in 4th as it took in another $12.1 million in it’s second full week.

Next week should be tough on the competition with Ben Affleck’s newest film and Oscar contender ARGO, Kevin James taking on some MMA to save his school in HERE COMES THE BOOM, Ethan Hawke finding terrifying videos that bring more horror upon his family in SINISTER, and Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken stealing a good number of random dogs for profit in SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS.

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Check Out The Trailer For HUSTLERS, Starring J Lo, Lizzo, and Cardi B!

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At long last, we are getting a look at the star-studded film “Hustlers.”

The movie seems to have it all for the 2019 world – stripping, revenge and a great heist.

Constance Wu of Crazy Rich Asians is the lead character, but today the buzz is all about Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.

Let’s also give a shout for girl power! “Hustlers” is directed and scripted by Lorene Scafaria.

The movie hits US Screens on September 13.

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TRAILER: The New ‘Child’s Play’ Movie Looks So Chuckin’ Scary

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The new Child’s Play movie launches Chucky into the 21st century for some technologically advanced terror.

After watching this trailer, you may be packing your bags and heading to Amish country because Child’s Play looks like a technological nightmare brought to life. In the reboot of the classic 1988 film, Buddi Dolls are the toy on every child’s wishlist because their connection to technology allows them to truly become your best friend. These new and improved Buddi Dolls come complete with an app that links the doll to every electronic device in your home…enter updated, terrifying plot twist! When a young boy’s Buddi Doll, Chucky, becomes corrupt, he goes on a killing spree that promises to be even more gory than the film’s original!

Mark Hamill voices the murderous Buddi Doll, Chucky, as the film stars Gabriel Bateman as Andy, Chucky’s 13-year old owner, Aubrey Plaza as Andy’s mom and Brian Tyree Henry as the detective investigating the strange string of murders. The film is set to release on June 21 and you can bet I will be avoiding toy stores for the entire summer.

Check out the frightening trailer below!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ryan Murphy Announces Netflix Film Adaptation Of ‘The Prom’

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At a charity performance on Tuesday, Ryan Murphy took to the stage to announce his plans to adapt the Broadway musical for Netflix. Theater lovers everywhere were like:

Back in November a new musical hit Broadway and before you knew it everyone wanted to be back in high school. The Prom follows an Indiana teen who simply wants to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom. Once the PTA catches wind of the news, the openly gay teen is banned from going to dance altogether. A gaggle of Broadway performers with questionable intentions decide to head to Indiana to help the teen get to the prom of her dreams. The musical made history when the cast performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and featured the parade’s first same-sex kiss ever. The shows jam packed with talent as it is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and features such stars as Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla.

On Tuesday, there was a benefit performance at the Longacre Theatre which helped raise money for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. Ryan Murphy hosted the special performance and it was there where he made the big announcement. Murphy obtained the rights to turn The Prom into a Netflix film! It’s no surprise that Murphy has chosen to take on this project as he is a huge advocate for LBGT+ community having created such inclusive projects such as PoseThe Normal Heart, and Glee. The audience – filled with celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski, Ben Platt, Gus Kenworthy, Sandra Bernhard, Laura Dreyfuss, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, MJ Rodriguez, and Christian Siriano – went wild when they heard the news. Murphy told the overjoyed crowd:

“I know, it’s exciting. I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting. I was absolutely blown away by Casey’s work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding. I wish this show was around when I was a kid.”

It remains to be seen if any of the Broadway cast will appear in the film but what has been confirmed is the expected release date; September 2020. It’s no coincidence that the release date falls right around the 2020 election as Murphy closed his speech by saying “We want to change hearts, minds and votes.”

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